Fire coverage revives memories for couple

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

For Kimberly and Steve Beery, the southern California wildfires are all too familiar.

They moved to Rochester earlier this year from Chula Vista, Calif., which is south of San Diego. TV coverage of the fires is bringing back memories of when they feared for their own home in 2003.

"(That) was the other big fire that went through San Diego. And we have pictures exactly like that, where you can see the fire line over the hill, within sight from your window," Kimberly Beery said.

"We have one friend that lives in Poway, and they’ve been living in their RV since Monday because their neighborhood has been evacuated," she said.


So far, at least 15 fires have destroyed about 1,500 homes since Saturday.

The burn area of nearly 460,000 acres — about 719 square miles — stretches in a broad arc from Ventura County north of Los Angeles east to the San Bernardino National Forest and south to the Mexico border.

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